MEMBERSHIP TIPS AND IDEAS!
At the Colorado PTA Convention, delegates were asked to share membership ideas. Each table chose the best one, represented below:
Meridian Ranch Elementary PTA: If they make eye contact…just ask!
Colorado STEM Academy PTA: Members who pay dues at back to school night gets one entry into a drawing for a Chromebook. Winner is selected at the first meeting and they must be present to win.
Thomson Elementary PTA: PTA Picnic at the beginning of the year. Held the third week after school starts, on the front lawn with music. Parents and families bring a picnic and blankets.
Bayfield Community PTSA: Back to School Bingo Sheet activities: Introduce yourself and family to principal. Stop in at Action for Healthy Kids table and complete the Pack a Healthy Lunch challenge. Stop in at the Reflections table. Introduce yourself and family to the school counselor. Stop at the bus barn table. Meet a PTSA member and pledge to join! Once bingo sheet is completed, turn it in for a prize.
No PTA listed: Kindergarten Round-Up Playground Get Together! Email all incoming kindergarten families prior to the new school year and invite them to the school to let the children play and get to know each other. PTA provides fun activities for the kids to engage in. PTA will then be familiar to the families at back to school night where they have a PTA table set up!
Membership Campaign Tip!
Thanks to Colorow Elementary PTA! We share the “Epic Ice Cream Challenge!”
Make the focus on male caregivers/dads enjoying time with their kids and focusing on a goal. After completing each activity station, the team would earn points that would get written on a point card.
– Organize 8 activity stations in the gymnasium – many sports or activity related like basketball take-a-shot, Football pass, Jump rope relay, etc. Add some other activities like “make a balloon animal” and a Laser Challenge game.
– Organize an awesome Banana Split bar in the cafeteria. Have tons of topping choices like candies, syrups, cereals, etc. Each topping cost points. After the team is finished in the gym, take the point cards in and “buy” toppings to make awesome banana split creations, and then eat them there together.
– Tell each male when he checks in to the event that he will earn 10 extra bonus points to buy more toppings for himself and the students with him for joining the PTA.
– If you are good at getting donations, you can do an event like this for free. If donations are not possible, budget approx. $1 per serving. Work with your PE teacher to get some ideas and borrow some equipment.